Teenagers

Teenagers are at a crossroads in life, the vulnerable space between childhood and adulthood. Raising teenagers to be kind, wise, and motivated people is a daunting task, but one that loving parents take on with gusto. Sharing stories about teenagers is a great way to learn from others' experiences, and share your own insights on this important process.

Author Christine Naman

A Mother's Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs

Author Christine Naman, whose teenage daughter struggled with addiction, discusses actions parents can take to decrease the likelihood that their children will get involved with alcohol and drugs and to help them get sober if they do.

Julie O’Neill and daughter, Bekah; photo by Cory O’Neill

She Trusted God to Guide Her Daughter Through Disappointment and Depression

Her daughter was devastated after a knee injury ended her college athletic scholarship plans. But then God opened another door.

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Tonya and her daughter Kennedi enjoy a walk together

She Realized Her Kids Needed a Mom More than a Coach

She encouraged her daughters to become track stars, but was she imposing her own dreams on them?

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Tonya May Avent

She Learned to Focus on Her Daughter, Not Sports

Her daughter, Kennedi, is a talented track athlete, but Tonya May Avent came to realize her focus on Kennedi's athletic success was misplaced.

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Is faith about having God do stuff for us?

Is the Point of Faith Getting God to Do Stuff For Us?

Yes, faith can move mountains, but often God hands you a shovel first.

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Going away to college

How to Pray for Kids Going to College

When a teen leaves for a first year in college, prayer finds a new focus.

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Shawnelle Eliasen with her sons

The Best Life Advice from Mom

Be excellent, stand tall and have faith—Shawnelle Eliasen's five boys share the best piece of advice they each received from their mom.

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Shawnelle with her sons (from left), Gabriel, Samuel, Isaiah, Grant and Logan

How Her Sons Taught Her To Embrace Change

Accepting that her five sons were growing up was hard for this mom. Her kids helped her let go with grace.

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Praise God even when you're tired

Praise God, No Matter What

Whether we are stressed, worried or overwhelmed, God asks us to love Him in the moment.

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Christine Naman and Natalie; photo by Scott Goldsmith

Desperate to Help Her Addicted Daughter, a Mother in Denial Turned to God

It’s hard enough to have a daughter with a drug problem. It’s even harder to admit it.

Mom talks to teen son.

How to Choose Peace Instead of Anger

A mom, in a heated moment, slows down and prays over a situation with her teenage son.

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Today show weatherman and co-anchor Al Roker with son Nick

Al Roker on the Joys of Fatherhood

The Today show weatherman and co-host discusses the challenges and rewards of parenting a child with special needs.

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Mom talking to teen daughter

Teaching Honesty to a Teen

A parent enlists God’s help in teaching her teenage daughter to do the right thing.

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Keeping Kids Clean: Advice for Parents

Keeping Kids Clean: Advice for Parents

An expert from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers tips on how parents can help keep their children happy, healthy—and safe.

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Soup kitchen volunteer

Feeding the Soul

A teen stretches his spiritual horizons during summer vacation.

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Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in "Hearts Beat Loud"

SXSW Review: 'Hearts Beat Loud'

Nick Offerman's loveable family drama finds its rhythm.  

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